DSS Prevents EFCC Personnel From Arresting Former DG Ekpenyong Ita

DSS Prevents EFCC Personnel From Arresting Former DG Ekpenyong Ita

"Speaking with BusinessDay after the event, Magu said" no one is above the law and l can not be deterred by their action", in apparent reference to the botched attempt to arrest the former Director-General of the Department of State Security, (DSS), Ita Ekpeyoung on Tuesday.

Some operatives of the Economic and Financial Times Commission (EFCC) and the State Security Service, reportedly clashed on Tuesday over an attempt to arrest the embattled DG of NIA.

Confusion ensued at the Mamman Nasir residences of Ekpeyong and Oke at Asokoro District in Abuja on Tuesday when armed security operatives prevented EFCC officials and policemen from arresting the two former security bosses.

It was noted that the refusal of the DSS operatives to allow the EFCC execute valid search and arrest warrants is considered worrisome.

They also threatened to open fire on the persistent EFCC operatives.

After a heated argument, the EFCC retreated and cordoned off all roads leading to the property with a yellow tape which bore the words, "crime scene, do not cross".

According to a source, Ekpenyong had been invited by the EFCC about two weeks ago in respect of an investigation into the procurement of arms and equipment by the agency he once headed.

"I don't know whether it is within their brief to prevent a law enforcement agency from executing arrest or search warrant on a property belonging to a retired staff of the agency".

"The suspect in question is not a serving officer of the DSS, which makes this action particularly reprehensible".

An attempt by an operative of the EFCC to take photographs nearly led to a shootout. with the DSS operatives cocking their guns.

At Ambassador Oke's residence at 10, Mamman Nasir Street, Asokoro, the same drama also played out.

Oke and Ekpeyong, who occupy house 11 and 46 respectively on the said street, had refused to honour separate invitations to appear at the head office of the EFCC.

The commission also obtained search and arrest warrants for Oke and his wife, Folasade, but were denied access by men of the DSS.

Magu in his reaction on Wednesday, in Abuja, says there is no going back on the plan to have the former heads of the security agencies arrested.

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